My Favorite Foundation

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Ever since I can remember, I have loved playing with makeup. I remember my mom putting on her makeup, and me not being able to wait until I could wear my own. Now that I’m older, I have to really watch the makeup I put on my face. I have super sensitive skin that breaks out when most things touch it.

Additionally, I have rosacea. This causes my skin to look red, and sometimes I want to cover up the redness.

I started getting pretty upset because there was no way for me to hide the redness when every foundation I put on my face broke me out! It got to the point where I had to decide between a face that had breakouts or a face that was red.

The obvious choice was a red face, but I knew there had to be something out there to help my skin.

I went in Sephora and one of the sales associates suggested that I try Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation.

Let me tell you something. This stuff changed my life! I know that sounds silly, but any girl will understand.

Not only does Tarte makeup cover up my redness, it actually improves the texture of my skin. The best part about this product is that it’s made from natural ingredients and it’s not tested on animals.

If you have sensitive skin but still want to wear makeup, try out this foundation. I have normal skin; not too dry, and not too oily.

Keep in mind that this foundation is on the pricey side, but it’s definitely worth it if you have sensitive skin!

 

 

How to get yourself out of a rut

We’ve all had those days (or months) where we lose all interest in doing life. This can be caused by a number of things, but instead of being depressed, try out these tips and start living your life again! There’s no need for you to waste your time sitting alone!

1. Put on those tight pants

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When you’re going through a rough time, chances are you only want to wear sweatpants. What we wear really reflects on our mood, so put on your cutest outfit to cheer yourself up!

2. Get out of the house

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Even if you have no-one to go out with, still go! Sitting on the couch and watching Netflix will only make you feel tired and lazy.

3. Dance, dance, and dance

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Nothing boosts your mood more than dancing. So have a dance party (it’s okay if you look stupid)!

4. Change your diet

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We are what eat, so if you eat McDonald’s fries all of the time, you are going to be greasy and lazy. Eat some fruits and veggies. Be that vibrant cucumber!

5. Watch a funny movie

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You might be tempted to cry over the latest Nicholas Sparks’ movie. DON’T DO IT! Watch something that will make you laugh!

It’s all okay

You get the phone call saying you got the job. The pay is good, the work is good, life is good. You start the job and you absolutely love it. You think about how lucky you are everyday. You get to work from home, and nothing could get any better.

You start getting pushed out of the company. Your pay drops, your work gets taken advantage of, life is not so good. You’re conflicted on what to do. Should you quit? Should you talk to your boss? But your boss has been so good to you. You can’t believe she is doing this to you.

You go into the realization that this company is only causing negativity in your life. You do the only thing you can possibly do and quit.

You feel relief. You feel all of the stress being lifted off your shoulders. No more working late into the night. No more dread of getting up in the morning to work on an endless pit of work. You are free.

Then it sets in. You don’t have a job. You went from making good money, to  medium money, to no money. You apply for jobs with the hope for something as good as you had it at the beginning, but nothing comes along.

You settle for a retail job and realize that everything is going to be okay.

There is going to be times in your life that you will be taken advantage of. Things won’t work out, and you’ll feel like your dreams are crumbling. Your dreams will only crumble if you let them.

I recently experienced a situation like this with a company I thought I would be with for a very long time. I thought the outcome was going to be perfect, but it ended in all of my hard work being taken over. It hurt and I got really sad about it, but now I realize that sometimes you can’t put all of your trust in people. YOU are the only person that can make your dreams come true.

From being taken advantage of, I’ve learned valuable lessons that I will take with me in life. Looking back on it, I think it was honestly a blessing. It has made me become a go getter. I’m no longer afraid to try out new things. If they fall through, I know it’s all going to be okay.

Sometimes the things that hurt the most are the most valuable lessons we have. Take each experience with a grain of salt, and never become crushed when someone makes you feel like you’re not good enough. You are always good enough. Go prove them wrong.

P.S.
Always sign a contract when going into a job.

4 things I wish I knew about makeup in middle school

Middle school is weird for everybody. It’s that awkward phase that everyone unfortunately has to go through to make it to adulthood. When I look back on pictures of me in middle school, I really wish I could burn them all. One of the things that draws my attention is definitely my makeup. There is so much I have learned about makeup that I wish I knew back in middle school. Maybe it would have been more bearable if I had known these tips.

1. Less is more

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Yes, you hear this all the time. But less is seriously more. I used to wear so much eyeliner. Raccoon eyes were my thing.

Dear Ashley,
Raccoon eyes are not cute. And no. It does not bring out your eyes.

2. Match your skin

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Buying dark makeup to make you look tan, DOES NOT make you tan. It makes you stupid.

Did a cheesy Dorito eat your face?

3. Blush is meant to be used 

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Please put some color on that face.

You look like you just came back from the dead.

4. Make your lips look natural 

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I guess over-lining your lips to look like The Joker was considered cute back in middle school.

No Ashley. It wasn’t. This is why you had no friends.